The 7 “Blind” men and the US Elephant

David Chibo has authored one of the most brilliant and concise summary articles on power elite analysis that I have encountered. It is entitled, The 7 “Blind” men and the US Elephant.

The famous Indian story of the Blind Men and the Elephant is a metaphor highlighting that while one’s subjective experience can be true, it can also be limited by its failure to account for other truths or a totality of truth. A similar metaphor can be used to try to explain the hidden forces guiding the US Government

From 1975 to 1976 the Church Committee in the Senate and the Pike Committee in the House attempted unsuccessfully to curtail the power of US intelligence agencies. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in particular, was investigated to see if it was a “rogue elephant” or under strict control of the President and the executive branch. However, besides some damning revelations outlined in the “whitewashed” report and some minor oversight changes, the “rogue elephant” was allowed to roam free.

Contemporary main-stream pundits now openly describe these hidden forces as a “shadow government,” a “corporatocracy” or a “deep state” controlling American politics. None however can do justice to what truly is an amorphous, complex and intricate web of overlapping entities. All who have tried to define who really governs America have essentially behaved as “blind” men.

He then proceeds to outline the significant contributions made by the seven “blind” men to unearthing the subterranean deep state: sociologist C. Wright Mills, former FBI agent Dan Smoot, retired US Air Force Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, Professor of Economics Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Economics Michael J. Glennon, Canadian-born Professor of English, poet and diplomat Peter Dale Scott, and former Republican congressional aide Mike Lofgren.

The exceptional and highly informative graphs and charts are must reading.

NOTE: G. William Domhoff, in his own pivotal work of power elite analysis, The Higher Circles, observes that the radical sociologist Mills and the ultra-conservative publisher and radio-television commentator Smoot were both high school chums in Texas before venturing out into the world on their divergent paths, later independently authoring the two primary pillars of mid-20th Century Establishment Studies.

 

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10:50 pm on December 1, 2016